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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4504 posts, RR: 54
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

Just wanted to get a few tips on reading pokers faces and sensing weakness. What are the signs that someone is bluffing? Which tells are usually highly accurate?

Here are the ones I know of/use:

1. Make a bet and then stop breathing momentarily
2. Fiddling around with cards a lot
3. The helpless smile

As you can tell that's not a very extensive list and with the exception of #1 I'm never completely sure just from that one sign. How do you sense weakness?


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User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

The problem with poker is that it is very easy to trick the other guy. Even if the guy is fiddling with the cards or has that smile you don't know for sure if he has something or doesn't have anything at all and is just bluffing. That's the challenge I guess. One major giveaway that the other guy doesn't have anything is if he tries to have eye contact with you or others for more than a few seconds, that's just a tactic used to scare the other into thinking they should fold because he has a big hand. More than likely he doesn't have anything. On the other hand, I'd say usually if someone doesn't have eye contact at all than that means that he has something big. Another thing, if an inexperienced player starts playing with cards/chips and acts nervous that means that he doesn't have anything, if an experienced guy does the same thing then that means that he is trying to trick you into thinking he doesn't have anything so be careful not to raise him too much.

User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 781 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2018 times:

read malcolm gladwell's book blink and find the resources he mentions on mind-reading. you'll win every hand.


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 1):
The problem with poker is that it is very easy to trick the other guy. Even if the guy is fiddling with the cards or has that smile you don't know for sure if he has something or doesn't have anything at all and is just bluffing. That's the challenge I guess. One major giveaway that the other guy doesn't have anything is if he tries to have eye contact with you or others for more than a few seconds, that's just a tactic used to scare the other into thinking they should fold because he has a big hand. More than likely he doesn't have anything. On the other hand, I'd say usually if someone doesn't have eye contact at all than that means that he has something big. Another thing, if an inexperienced player starts playing with cards/chips and acts nervous that means that he doesn't have anything, if an experienced guy does the same thing then that means that he is trying to trick you into thinking he doesn't have anything so be careful not to raise him too much.

I've been playing poker since I was 14. I've played every Thursday night in a local league for two years. I've won some tournaments here and there, nothing major, but enough to be regarded as a fairly respectable poker player. And I have to disagree with everything you said above.

Every person has a unique, individual tell. The only way you can really know how they react when in certain situations is to observe them and their play, and memorize. There's no general rule about novices playing with cards/chips and veterans trying to emulate that. The eye contact rule? It can mean ANYTHING. I often engage eye contact for an extended period to try and figure the other guy out.

General signs of nervousness are yawning, scratching, and fidgeting. Outside of those very general guidelines, there's nothing else. Watch the person's behaviour, make a mental note of their revealed hands, match behaviour to action, and then remember it. It's the only way.


User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1998 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
And I have to disagree with everything you said above.

Wow with everything, huh? You must be a good player, I've only been playing since I was 13.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

Quoting AirWillie6475 (Reply 4):
Wow with everything, huh? You must be a good player, I've only been playing since I was 13.

Play some tournaments...proper ones, organized by regional leagues or even local WSOP chapters...best way to sharpen your skills.


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